WPS Recap for Oct. 10

Another day full to bursting on the post-season schedule. Let’s get straight to the action (courtesy of the game stats of FanGraphs). Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 F Cardinals 1 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 8 Nationals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 […]

WPS Recap for Oct. 9

Two elimination games, but zero eliminations. Bay Area baseball fans had a very good night on Tuesday. Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 F Giants 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 Reds 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 (Reds lead […]

WPS Recap for Oct. 8

My look at the playoffs through the lens of WPS, measuring game excitement, continues. If you’re partial to analysis of game excitement, not only did the 2012 THT Annual have an article on the subject, but the 2013 Annual will as well. And they are other writers’ interpretations, so if you’re getting tired of my […]

WPS Recap for Oct. 7

We have an overflowing schedule to get through today, so I won’t waste time with introductory boilerplate. Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 F A’s 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 4 Tigers 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 5 (Detroit leads series 2-0) WPS […]

WPS Recap for Oct. 6

The Division Series round has begun, and the WPS recap here at THT continues. (Let me note here, as I did at the start of my current WPS trilogy, that I have a predecessor in the use of Win Percentage Added to calculate an index for the excitement of games. THT’s Dave Studeman beat me […]

WPS recap for Oct. 5

The playoffs have officially begun, and as I promised a few days ago, I will be reviewing all the games here at THT Live, using my Win Percentage Sum (WPS) system as a starting point for my comments. (For those of you who have dodged my articles before now, WPS is designed to measure the […]

Ichiro and the road ahead

Small sample sizes do have a use. They can serve as jumping-off points for topics that deserve to be discussed. And my topic for today is Ichiro Suzuki. Over the last couple of days, Ichiro has had one heck of a good small sample. In a doubleheader against Toronto on Wednesday, he went seven-for-eight with […]

Lucky number 19?

Games lasting 19 innings are pretty rare in baseball, so fans take notice when they happen. When they happen to the same franchise in consecutive seasons, each at what could be considered a pivotal point in its season, that’s when I take notice. On July 26, 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates were experiencing unaccustomed success. Not […]

The shoe that hasn’t dropped

We are now pretty deep into the 2012 baseball season, and while there’s been plenty of action on and off the field, there is one fairly common event that we have not yet seen. To date, not one major-league manager has been fired. Judging subjectively by the flow of reportage and rumor, there aren’t even […]

Justin Verlander’s no-good, very bad All-Star Game

If five was ever Justin Verlander‘s lucky number, it isn’t this morning. The Tigers All-Star and reigning MVP gave up five earned runs in the first (and his last) inning of Tuesday’s All-Star Game. That’s obviously a rare occurrence. How rare? That’s why you come to The Hardball Times: so borderline-obsessive stats-craving fans like me […]